If it wasn’t for Michael Jordan nixing the deal, Tracy McGrady would have spent his rookie season in Chicago because of a draft-day trade for Scottie Pippen. If it wasn’t for the Orlando Magic and their signing of Grant Hill (and almost the signing of Tim Duncan) during the 2000 free agency, Tracy McGrady probably would have spent his post-Toronto days in Chicago.
On February 21st of 2003, Tracy McGrady reminded Chicago fans what they were missing when he dropped a then career-high 52 points on the Bulls…in just three quarters. The 52 in the 110-96 victory was one shy of the franchise record set by Shaq a decade earlier and one shy of Allan Houston’s NBA season-high.
The performance was also McGrady’s first game without friend Mike Miller, who was traded for Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek.